Flashback: Philadelphia Phillies
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With the 2008 season in the books, MiLB.com is taking a look back at the year's highlights in each Major League organization.
April 12 -- Antonio Bastardo, a 22-year-old southpaw, struck out 10 batters over five shutout innings to lead the Clearwater Threshers to a 1-0 victory over Lakeland. Bastardo wasn't the only pitcher to pump up the K's that day, however, as three relievers combined to whiff eight more Flying Tiger batters before the game was through.
April 14 -- After starting their inaugural season with an 11-game losing streak, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs finally got in the win column with a 3-1 victory over Richmond. Ron Chiavacci hurled six scoreless innings and picked up the victory.
April 23 -- Needing a reserve infielder after Jimmy Rollins went on the disabled list, the Phillies called up Brad Harman to the big leagues. The 22-year-old native of Australia played in six games with Philadelphia and collected one hit in 10 at-bats.
April 27 -- Antonio Bastardo's fifth and final start for Clearwater was as good as it gets, as the phenom struck out 13 batters over eight shutout innings. Over five starts with the Threshers, Bastardo went 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings pitched.
May 9 -- J.A. Happ struck out a career-high 13 batters over seven innings of work, but had to settle for a no-decision in the IronPigs' eventual 4-3 win over Columbus.
May 10 -- Lakewood right-hander Drew Naylor grabbed the Minor League strikeout lead after whiffing 12 batters in the BlueClaws' 6-1 win over Kannapolis. On the strength of this dominant effort, Naylor was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.
May 18 -- The dynamic duo of Greg Golson and Lou Marson led the Reading Phillies to a 14-1 rout of the Akron Aeros. Golson went 5-for-6 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored, while Marson's six-RBI game was highlighted by a third-inning grand slam.
June 5 -- Drew Naylor struck out a career-high 13 batters en route to his second complete game of the season as Lakewood defeated Delmarva, 6-1. The decisive victory improved Naylor's record on the season to 5-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.61.
June 27 -- After struggling in Reading to begin the season, Andrew Carpenter returned to Clearwater and started putting up big numbers. In his third start for the Threshers after being demoted, the 23-year-old right-hander threw a seven-inning one-hitter to lead Clearwater to a 4-0 win.
June 28 -- Clearwater first baseman Clay Harris hit three home runs and drove in six runs to lead the Threshers to an 11-3 victory over St. Lucie. The 25-year-old went long in each of his first three at-bats, but was then hit by a pitch in his final two plate appearances.
July 6 -- Les Walrond struck out 17 batters as part of a five-hit, complete-game shutout as Lehigh Valley defeated Louisville, 2-0. The 31-year-old's 17 strikeouts represented the most by any Minor League pitcher in a single game this season.
Aug. 2 -- After compiling a 7-7 record and 4.32 ERA over 20 appearances with Double-A Reading, Carlos Carrasco received a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 21-year-old Venezuelan responded well to the challenge, going 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA over six starts with the IronPigs.
Aug. 9 -- Michael Durant set a BlueClaws record by driving in seven runs in a ballgame for Lakewood. The 21-year-old smashed a three-run homer in the third inning and hit two-run doubles in the fifth and sixth as the BlueClaws coasted to an 11-5 win over Hagerstown.
Aug. 12 -- Mike Stutes and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as Lakewood blanked Savannah, 4-0. The 21-year-old right-hander, who began his season with Willamsport, lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.35 over four starts with the BlueClaws.
Aug. 13 -- Clearwater's Quintin Berry lined an RBI single in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 30 games. The 23-year-old hit .362 during the streak, which was the longest in the Minor Leagues this season.
Aug. 31 -- The Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated the Nationals and took home the league championship. After losing the first game of the best-of-3 series, the Phillies swept a doubleheader on the road in order to win the title.
Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.